COVID-19 Info from OSB, Courts, Agencies and Resources for Lawyers



Oregon State Bar Notices

  • New Information

    COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities

    In response to the growing calls for legal help during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working with our legal community partners to address those needs. While some projects are still in development, others are ready for volunteers. If you would like to help, please take few minutes to complete our special COVID-19 volunteer opportunities form. Please note that it may take a while for you to hear back from programs that require more time to set up and train volunteers than others.

    Oregon State Bar Admissions

    Information for July 2020 bar exam applicants.

    Oregon State Bar

    We send regular updates on OSB and Oregon court operations directly to bar members via the Bar News e-newsletter. If you have previously unsubscribed, you can opt back in by changing your communications preferences under the profile tab of your online member dashboard.

    If you are looking for a previous President’s Message or other Bar News email, please check our archive.
  • OSB Center

    The OSB Center is closed to visitors and operating with reduced staff on site, with other staff working remotely. Although we are taking all steps possible to avoid business interruption, you may experience some delay or interruption due to reduced on-site staff. The best way to reach us will be through email. We appreciate your patience during this time.

  • CLE Seminars

    Participation at live events sponsored by the OSB CLE Seminars Department will be limited to webcasting (if available) until further notice.

    You can also check our events calendar see the status of bar events. If you have questions, please contact the OSB CLE Service Center at (503) 431-6413 or (800) 452-8260, ext. 413 for webcasting, on-demand, or CD/DVD options that may be available.

  • OSB Meetings

    In addition, all bar sections, committee, task forces and other groups will meet by conference call or videoconference only until further notice. Members and guests can participate in meetings via the conference call numbers included in the meeting notices sent by bar staff. If you have questions about an upcoming meeting, please contact the OSB at (503) 620-0222 or (800) 452-8260.

  • Professional Liability Fund

    The PLF has several webinars and hundreds of free CLEs available on its Past CLE web page. Check the Upcoming CLE page for future events, to be held remotely via Zoom webinar.

    The PLF practice management attorneys are available to assist you by phone, email, or video chat.

    The PLF claims attorneys are available to talk with you by phone: (503) 639-6911.

    The Oregon Lawyers’ Conference Room is closed until further notice.
  • OAAP Recovery Groups

    The OAAP is open and seeing clients remotely by phone or video chat. You can reach the attorney counselors by phone or email.

    The OAAP is holding three weekly confidential recovery support groups via Zoom. For more information about the meetings, please contact attorney counselors Doug Querin, at (503) 226.1057, ext. 12, or at douglasq@oaap.org, or Bryan Welch, ext. 19, or at bryanw@oaap.org.

  • Oregon Courts and Administrative Agencies Notices

  • New Information

    Chief Justice Martha Walters has written a message to OSB members regarding the continuing impact of COVID-19 on court operations. (7/31/20)

    The Oregon Supreme Court has announced a public meeting on Tuesday, August 4, regarding the October 2020 remotely administered bar exam. (7/31/20)

  • Oregon Supreme Court and Chief Justice Orders/Messages

    Chief Justice Martha Walters has issued three orders regarding court operations. (7/21/20)

  • CJO 20-027: Extending Statutory Time Periods and Time Requirements in Certain Tax Appeals
  • CJO 20-028: Directing or Permitting Appearances at Arraignment by Remote Means
  • CJO 20-029: Approving Out-of-Cycle Amendment of UTCR 21.090(4), facilitating e-filing of notarized documents
  • The Oregon Supreme Court has issued SCO 20-012, approving the process for admission to the OSB in 2020. (6-30-20)


    The Chief Justice has issued order, CJO 20-017, directing court closures on May 29, June 26 and July 17. (5/22/20)


    Chief Justice Martha Walters has issued an order on court operations, along with a summary of changes in the order and a message to OSB members. (5/15/20)

  • CJO 20-016
  • An informal summary of the changes in CJO 20-016
  • A message from the Chief to OSB members
  • The Chief Justice has written a letter to bar members regarding court operations during the pandemic. (4/20/20)


    Chief Justice Order, CJO 20-014, gives the OSB’s CEO authority to waive reinstatement fees for members who can establish that their suspensions occurred for good cause related to the COVID-19 pandemic. A Reinstatement Fee Waiver Request Form can be found here.(4/15/20)


    Chief Justice Martha Walters issued two orders: CJO No. 20-012, requiring scheduling of habeas corpus hearings, and CJO No. 20-013, amending OSB rules for admission during the COVID-19 outbreak. Earlier, she issued an amended CJO 20-006, which extends and modifies the original order issued on March 16. In addition, CJO 20-008 modifies the UTCR and expands e-signature authority, and CJO 20-010 authorizes suspension/waiver of collection fees. An OJD News Release summarizes the three CJO’s, and the Chief Justice has also asked us to share a new message to bar members. (4/10/20)


    The Oregon Supreme Court has issued new guidance on changes to procedures through a Chief Justice Order and a notice. (3/31/20)


    The Chief Justice issued an emergency order, CJO 20-009, amending the OSB Rules of Admission and Rules of Procedure. (3/27/20)

    Chief Justice message to OSB members (3/24/20)

    Chief Justice message to Legislature (3/24/20)

    Statement from Chief Justice. (3/24/20)

  • Other Oregon Courts and OJD Administrative Messages

    Oregon Court of Appeals

    Chief Judge Order 20-03 details procedural changes in the Court of Appeals due to COVID-19. (4/27/20)


    The court issued a Chief Judge Order on March 30, 2020.



    Oregon Judicial Department

    Oregon Judicial Department: OJD is offering webinars covering the UTCR amendments on filing trial exhibits electronically and declarations that are electronically signed by non-filers, along with general File & Serve functionality.

    Use the “Select Your Court” tab to see the latest news from individual courts on the OJD website.

    OJD has announced changes consistent with the Chief Justice Orders issued on Friday, March 27. In addition, the OJD File & Serve upgrade that was scheduled to occur on April 10 has been postponed.



    Other Oregon Courts: Check Local Websites for Complete Information

    Multnomah County Circuit Court


    U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon


    Workers’ Compensation Board


    Office of Administrative Hearings


    Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board


  • Resources for Lawyers

  • New Information

    Oregon Legal Information Updates


    First Special Session of 2020:

    The First Special Session of 2020 ran from June 24, 2020 through June 26, 2020. During the course of the session, the legislature passed bills addressing COVID-19, police accountability, forestry, residential and commercial evictions, the Indian Child Welfare Act, rural broadband, and many other issues. Included in the package were legislative concepts of particular interest to the bar such as the Chief Justice’s authority to extend deadlines, the extension of statutory deadlines, and remote online notarization. For a full list of bills, archived videos, and information on the joint special committee, please visit the Oregon Legislature’s website.


    Judicial Proceeding Extension, Electronic Appearances, and Remote Online Notarization:

    HB 4212, an omnibus bill addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, was signed by the Governor on June 30, 2020. Among other issues, the bill provided the Oregon Judicial Department with greater authority in certain circumstances to extend statutory deadlines, both civil and criminal, if the COVID-19 emergency delayed court proceedings. In addition, it extended pre-filing statutory timelines for specific cases. The bill also authorized a pilot project to allow for remote online notarization. To find the statutory language of the three concepts, go to the following sections:

    • Court authority (sections 6, 8)
    • Statute of limitations (sections 7, 8)
    • Remote online notarization (sections 19-35)

    HB 4212 went into effect on June 30, 2020. Issue-specific effective dates and end dates are included within the text of the bill.


    Landlord/Tenant:

    House Bills 4204 and 4213 went into effect on June 30, 2020, during the Oregon Legislature’s First Special Session of 2020.

    • HB 4204 directs lenders to defer both residential and commercial mortgage payments until September 30, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • HB 4213 extends the moratorium on commercial and residential no-cause evictions through September 30, 2020.

    The House Bills above replace the following Executive Orders, which sunset on June 30, 2020.


    Family Law:

    Oregon’s Statewide Family Law Advisory Committee (SFLAC) offers Guidelines for Parents During the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • OSB Services

  • CLE Seminars including free and low-cost programs on demand.
  • Legal Ethics FAQs related to COVID-19
  • Professional Liability Fund

  • Visit the PLF website to explore resources, including CLEs, forms, practice aids, handbooks, inBrief newsletter, and inPractice blog.
  • Visit the OAAP website to explore resources, including events, “Thriving Today” blog, and inSight newsletter.
  • National Resources

    Fastcase has created a COVID-19 resources hub

    Law360 is tracking court closures nationally, and has opened its site to all visitors.

    Lawsitesblog provides a list of resources and special offers to support law practice.